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Gordon Joseph Muir

March 11, 1933 November 17, 2020
Gordon Joseph Muir
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Obituary for Gordon Joseph Muir

Gordon “Gordie” Joseph Muir, 87, of Milford, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the Huron Valley – Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, Michigan. For the past few weeks he had been battling pneumonia and complications of Diabetes.

Gordon was born on March 11, 1933 to Gordon Ivor (May 22, 1899) and Marguerite Mary (VanHorne) (July 25, 1904) Muir in Detroit, Michigan. As one of two boys, he grew up on Coyle Avenue in Detroit. He attended St. Mary’s High School in Redford, Michigan, graduating in 1951. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Munich, Germany. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Detroit and began work at the Detroit Bank. He met Vivian (Carolyn) Bryant at the Bank and married her on February 23, 1957 at St. Mary’s of Redford Catholic Church in Detroit, and they resided in Detroit, Livonia, West Bloomfield and Milford during their 64 years of marriage.

Gordon’s primary profession was a life insurance agent, entering the profession in 1958 and joining Austin Kanter & Associates – National Life of
Vermont in 1962. In 1967, he began his partnership with Richard Bauhof. During their partnership, which lasted 53 years, they were often referred to as the “dynamic duo” and their motto “As good as the best and better than the rest” has stood the test of time. During his 63 years in the life insurance profession, he has been recognized as a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a life member of the Life Insurance Leaders of Michigan where he was part present from 1970 - 1971 and a life member of National Life of Vermont’s President’s Club where he also received the National Life of Vermont Distinguished Service Award. In 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1983 he was named “Man of the Year’ by the Greater Detroit Life Underwriters Association (now known as the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors), where he also had served as served on the Board of Director and past president from 2001 - 2002, served as National Committee Person and received the National Quality Award over 50 times. In 1994 he received the designation as a Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow. Then in 2004, he received the ultimate recognition for outstanding service to the life insurance industry receiving the E.H. “Bill” Meyers Memorial Award. In 2008 he was honored for 50 years of service in the insurance profession with a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan and a Proclamation from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

Gordon was actively involved in both the West Bloomfield and Milford communities. He and his wife, Vivian, co-founded the West Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra in 1975, served as a member of the Board of Directors and its first president from 1975 - 1977, for which he received the Michigan Minutemen Award for community service in 1976 and Vivian in 1977. He was active in the J.P. McCarthy PAL Invitational at the Wabeek Country Club. He served on the West Bloomfield Optimist Club Board of Directors and as the past president from 1981 to 1983, Michigan District Optimist Lieutenant Governor
and Chairman of the West Bloomfield Art Festival. He was a co-founder of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Directors and past president in 1987, received the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year award in 1988 and the West Bloomfield Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, for which he received a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan. Many may remember him as the face of the TV show “Your Chamber Today” with both the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce.

A man who loved to support others, he was constantly volunteering and devoting his time to multiple civic organizations in Milford and the Huron Valley area. From 2006 – 2009 he served on the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directs and chaired the annual Golf Outing Committee. In 2013 he was recognized as the “Huron Valley Volunteer of the Year” and received a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan. Then in 2017 he was recognized as the “Huron Valley Citizen of the Year” and once again he received a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan. Along with these honors, Gordon served on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels, Carl’s Family YMCA and the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, where he also chaired the Chamber’s Golf Committee. He was a long-time member of the Milford Township Planning Commission and was a face of Milford Memories.

Gordon was a proud member of the Huron Valley American Veterans AMVETS Post 2006 in Milford, Michigan for 21 years and highly active in many of the AMVET Post events. He marched in the 4th of July Parades and the Christmas parades as a member of the Color Guard, proudly carrying one of the Flags. When available, he also served as a rifleman when AMVET’s performed military honors at funerals. He was appointed to a position on the AMVETS Executive Committee fulfilling an important role as their Public Relations Officer. He was highly active in meeting with the local news media and other organizations to promote AMVET events, and recognition of our members and veterans at large. Many times, he was able to set up lunches and other social events for veterans. As well as being a member of the AMVETS, Gordon was also a member of the American Legion Post 216 in Milford, Michigan and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9914 in Highland Michigan.
While helping raise his four boys, Gordon was very active in their daily lives. He coached all four boys with the North Farmington – West Bloomfield (Missiles) Vikings and served as President of the Jack E. Lowther Little Football League for several years.

Known as a kind and gentle person, he selflessly delighted in giving to others in every activity he committed himself to. He was a leader and a giver, possessing a true passion for giving back to his community. He enjoyed many past-time activities with his wife, family and close friends, including golf, attending Detroit Lions football games, attending Detroit Red Wings hockey games, the annual Grand Valley State University Foundation dinner, and conventions with National Life of Vermont. Gordon was always known for his dedication in helping build up and unite both the West Bloomfield and Milford communities, making them better places to live, work and raise families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon on January 19, 1998, Marguerite on May 10, 1989 and his only brother, James R. Muir on February 13, 1989.
Survivors besides his wife Vivian, include five children: Richard (Jill) of Denver, CO, James (Sherri) of Overland Park, KS, Robert (Beckie) of Santa Clarita, CA, Stephen (Lisa) of Austin, TX, and Michael (Angela Burel) Healy of Ottawa Hills, OH. Gordon and Vivian have enjoyed 23 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

A small family ceremony will be held Monday, November 23, 2020, at 11:00 am in the Lynch and Sons Funeral Home located at 404 East Liberty Street, Milford, MI 48381 with internment at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI at 12:30 pm.

Memorial contributions may be given to either Meals on Wheels – 9525 East Highland Road, Howell, MI 48843 (810-632-2155), Huron Valley AMVETS Post MI-2006 – P.O. Box 48, Highland, MI 48357 (248-770- 4120) or American Legion Post MI-0216 – 510 West Commerce Street, Milford, MI 48381 (248-684-9919).


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